- File Size: 594 KB
- Print Length: 253 pages
- Publisher: Popham Gardens Publishing (January 7, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 7, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005E0QXES
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The characters are so well defined that I either loved or hated them on sight (?). Gloria is a psychopath of the first order and, as with any psychopath, was well able to manipulate all who happened upon her sphere of influence. At times I felt like slapping some of the characters for putting up with her annoying minor machinations, especially Felicity and Odette, but could well understand their motives for keeping the neighbourly peace.
This is the second book I've read recently by author Joanna Stephen-Ward and I for one, will be anticipating many more in the future.
A gripping psychological thriller that had me wanting to warn the hapless Maurice at every turn about what he'd got himself into. Though Maurice is the protagonist in the story, the manipulating and conniving Gloria is the centre of attention, but then she wouldn't have it any other way.
Gloria, the doll collector of the title, is the embodiment of evil. I don't think I've ever despised a character as much as I did her.
Don't say I didn't warn you...
Joanna Stephen-Ward's well-written and beautifully paced - fortunately fictional- book kept me, literally in some places, breathless. I wanted to scrabble through the plot to find out when this psychopath would strike next and whom or what would be killed, but had to calm down and stay with it so I wouldn't miss anything. There are not many novelists who can force the reader to feel genuine fear as the innocent become slowly entangled in the stranglehold of the perpetrator. Ms Stephen-Ward is relentless in keeping up the pressure, making the reader want to shout to the innocent to be careful - "Can't you see you're in deadly danger?"
I wanted to shake the other main character, Maurice, for his cowardice even though I understood how frightened he was. I couldn't help but invest care in the fate of the prey of the monster, heavily disguised as a boring, fat pushy individual - to all except poor Maurice.
This novel came to my notice highly recommended and it leaves the same way! Congratulations, Mrs Stephen-Ward for a thrilling experience.
Gloria moves in with Maurice as his lodger, and begins to shape him to her wishes. Maurice is a very weak character and the suspense grows as Gloria starts to tire of him...
The Doll Collection is the embodiment of evil. One of our best friends collects antique dolls and in future whenever I see them I will shiver in case one of them might have my name on it.
Gloria knows she isn't the sort of woman people suspect, spending much time cleaning and hanging onto Maurice. A cat disappears and a house fire occurs. Maurice is too busy untangling himself to report her delusional hostilities. When his being conquered becomes disappointing, the story moves to his falling victim to the landlord. What I found superb about this book was the dialogue and the believable characterizations while Gloria succeeds in being almost unbelievable. This to me was like Hitchcock, making characters around a criminal as interesting as the main action and keeping my attention with the havoc they are going through. Stephen-Ward sets her scenes so that they absorb. I liked the end of the book. It surprised and yet told a real story with a solid last line.
For me the novel started a little slowly, but quickly became riveting and I managed to finish the book within a day. I feel that the author really captured the emotions of the characters and made it very easy to either like or dislike each character immediately. I would have given the book four stars, but I felt that the ending was a little too neat and that a bit more suspense could have been built in.
The book is well formatted and edited, with only a couple of very minor typos (no more than books I have read from traditional publishers) and I am looking forward to reading more titles by this author.
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